undo rm -rf *

Bruno Wolff III bruno at wolff.to
Tue Mar 26 16:16:02 UTC 2013


On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 03:11:54 +1100,
   Celik <celik.n.00 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>Bruno, after such an experience, did you come up with an alternative
>solution to using "rm -rf"?
>"rm -i" is good as it prompts before deletion however it becomes tedious if
>there are a lot of files to be deleted, hence "rm -rf" seems ideal but
>dangerous if not cautious :(
>Had a look on google, there was one particular recommendation that caught
>me attention (sorry I don't have the link). It was recommended to mv the
>files (and/or folders) to be deleted into a tmp directory. I'm planning to
>try that in my future code, we'll see how things go.

Try to be more careful, especially when there is an asterisk involved. 
And I keep in mind about '..', so no deleting '.*'.


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